Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve To Kalon Vinyard 2017


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Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve To Kalon Vinyard 2017

97pts – James Suckling

Wonderful aromas of fresh herbs, such as sage and mint. Currants. Extremely aromatic. Full body. Fantastic tension and focus. Reminds me of the 1974. Really exceptional. Gorgeous. Cool and sleek.James Suckling –, February 14, 2020

92pts – Wine Spectator

Very solid, with a direct beam of steeped black currant and plum fruit, carried by hits of loam and black licorice. A loamy note mingles with the fruit through the broad finish, while light herb and singed alder hints check in. Best from 2021 through 2031.J.M. – Wine Spectator, November 15, 2020


Wine Profile

Tasting Notes

Flavors of rich black berries and black plum, dried herb complexity, sweet oak spices, vanilla bean, and toasted almonds unfold in mesmerizing layers, sending a wave of deliciously intense complexity across the palate in a tasty expression of power and elegance.

92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

Vineyard Notes

When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard in west Oakville as the home for his new winery in 1966 he remarked that, “It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain—to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. Our Reserve is blended from the finest blocks within To Kalon.

Production Notes

The grapes were hand-harvested with three stages of strict sorting: first, on the vine, then by individual clusters, and then again by single berry following de-stemming. The selected grapes went directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration – a total of 35 days of wine to skin contact – maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins round and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 100% new French-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over twenty (20) months of barrel aging.

As ever, this wine expresses the singular elegance and powerful character of To Kalon Vineyard. Our Reserve is blended from the finest blocks within To Kalon. The wine coats the mouth with fine tannins and sings with lively acidity.

Pairs with:
Ribeye with wild mushrooms and vegetable tarts

Wine Specs

Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Oakville
Acid: 5.9 g/L
pH: 3.77
Residual Sugar: 0.05 g/L
Alcohol: 14.5%